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LeBron James stampedes through Celtics as Cavs Capture First Place

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What was being heralded as a potential schedule loss for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavs turned out to be a show of force, as they crushed the Celtics 114-91.

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

BOSTON — LeCoast took on a whole new meaning Wednesday, as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers cruised on by the Celtics with a 114-91 win to take control of first place in the Eastern Conference.

The Cavs took a one game lead over the Celtics and clinched the tie breaker, all but securing first place. LeBron James’ 33 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and two blocks in 31 minutes had the Celtics with their backs against the wall all night. With Tristan Thompson missing his first game in over five years, Kevin Love came through with 16 boards while Channing Frye pulled down eight in just 17 minutes.

The Cavs played with a blistering pace, on track for 100 field goal attempts most of the night before things slowed down in garbage time, finishing 43-for-92 from the field. They outrebounded the Celtics 51-38 and outscored them on the break 19 to 11.